Oct 25, 2021
By Jordan Chakravarty
Did you know that many celebrities have frozen their eggs for fertility reasons — people like Kim Kardashian, Amy Schumer, and Emma Roberts, just to name a few. Well, this week on Finding Your Bliss, we have a fascinating show all about women freezing their eggs and embryos to preserve their fertility. And joining us is Fertility specialist Dr. Prati Sharma at the CReATe Fertility Centre to tell us also about it.
Dr. Sharma has worked with the CReATe Fertility Centre in Toronto for the last 13 years. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and teaches medical students, residents and clinical fellows, as well as participates in various research studies. She is on the Board of Directors of the CFAS (Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society) and the Medical Advisor to Lilia, a FemTech company that supports women and couples looking to pursue Elective egg and embryo freezing. Her fertility blog, the Conception Diaries, is a website with information dedicated to the education of Reproductive aged women and men, so that they can be empowered and learn about their fertility and fertility options.
She is also an Out of Hospital Premises Assessor for the CPSO (College of Physicians and Surgeons Ontario). Her interests include treatment of poor responders, third party reproduction, PCOS and elective fertility preservation. In her spare time, she loves to work out, cook, and spend time with her husband and three beautiful children!
Founded in 1981, Marion Layland and Linda Kuerble celebrate the Little Party Shoppe’s 40th anniversary this year. Linda and Marion started their store to complement their parents’ bakery, the Little Pie Shoppe, which was located just next door. Started on an impulse, the Little Party Shoppe included balloons, napkins, and partyware, and it soon became filled with other items, often through customer input, including candy, children’s loot bags, and pinatas.
In 2002, when the adjourning bakery moved location, the Little Party Shoppe expanded and they still have a very full store which makes for an exciting, eclectic experience. The Little Party Shoppe celebrates all of the holidays, from New Year’s to Christmas and Hanukkah, St Patrick’s Day, to Valentine’s Day, and of course birthdays and anniversaries. They always try to keep things fun and fresh all year round! Marion has a fine eye for great products and always enjoys looking for new fun things to fill the shop, but it’s more than just a store… A real love of the customers turns The Little Party Shoppe into a social get-together where locals meet and chat. This is a multi-generational Shoppe and Linda and Marion will often see their original customers, shopping together with their children, grandchildren, or occasionally great-grandchildren. Many of these customers began shopping at The Little Pie Shoppe and continue to visit The Little Party Shoppe to this day. The customer experience is what it’s all about. Without happy customers, there wouldn’t be the same happy spirit.
Lily Librach is an up and coming artist on the Canadian music and drama scene who is in her fourth year of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance Program. She is a singer, actor, dancer, writer, and vocal coach. Lily has sung in concert performances, and starring roles on stage since she was 8 years old.
One of the highlights was reprising her memorable performance as Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ with the 40-piece North York Concert Orchestra, and Lily was also named a top 10 finalist in Mirvish’s worldwide Show Tune Idol Competition last summer! She recently won the 3 Stars Connect Competition in support of The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation. Lily performed this past summer in Toronto’s Fringe Festival and she just completed an online performance of 7 stories by Morris Panych, directed by Mary Francis Moore. Lily has taken part in Masterclasses with Broadway stars such as Kelli O’Hara, Sierra Boggess, Jenn Colella and Chilina Kennedy. Lily spends her days studying Voice, Music, Acting and Dance, and spends her free time singing for charity events like ICRF in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and L.A. A highlight of her year was singing for The Bernard Betel Centre Senior Home, in conjunction with B’nai Brith, and The Olive Branch Theatre Company, filmed by CTV Television.
Lily’s favourite day of the week is Sundays, where she gets to sing for the most incredible community of people at Jake’s Sunday Zoom Jam, which she has been doing for over a year now. Lily believes that when you sing, you pray twice, and she looks forward to sharing stories and music with audiences for years to come!
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